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Its estimated that a quarter of the UK adult population will bet on the Crabbie’s sponsored Grand National in 2015. Most people will have a small each-way bet on a horse they fancy for no other reason then they like the name. Of course there’s nothing wrong with picking a horse for that reason, as pre-race favourites have a dire record in the race.
The Grand National is famed for its unpredictable nature and rightly so, in the past century five 100/1 shots have triumphed over the famous fences. However, the Grand National is far less of a lottery than many people believe. Trends and statistics have emerged over the last 20 years which can help you identify those runners who have the potential to run a big race. Whether you decide to follow the trends and stats or choose your horse based on its name, silk colour or jockey riding we can tell you everything you need to know about this year’s hopefuls.
A TV audience in excess of 10 million will tune in to watch the drama of the 2015 Grand National unfold on the 11th of April at 4:15pm. Along with those watching at home a 70,000 strong crowd will be at Aintree racecourse to cheer on the horses from the first fence to the final furlong.
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Added the Irish Grand National to his growing collection of trophies in 2014, a haul which also includes a Novice Chase win at Aintree. Speculation is mounting that champion jockey AP McCoy who recently shocked the racing world with news of his impending retirement will partner Shutthefrontdoor for is last ride at Aintree. The current odds reflect how formidable this pairing could be.
NO. 9 | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | FORM: 12461-1 | WEIGHT: 11-02 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: J. O’NEILL
Finished 5th in the 2014 National and capable of going even better in 2015 but he will carry a higher weight this time round. Pulled up in the Hennessy Gold Cup in November but ran a blinder to win at Kempton in the Betbright Chase in February 2015 making him a very solid contender.
NO. 5 | JOCKEY: S TWISTON-DAVIES | FORM: 25-2P1 | WEIGHT: 11-03 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: P NICHOLLS
Second in the 2014 Grand National and based on that performance you’d expect him to go close again. Raised a few pounds by the handicapper for the 2015 renewal but that shouldn’t be a major concern for this smart chaser. Despite the short odds each-way punters could still see a profit if they back the King.
NO. 7 | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | FORM: 112-F11 | WEIGHT: 11-02 | AGE: 11 | TRAINER: P. HOBBS
Odds plummeted on the Neil Mulholland trained eight year old following his superb win in the Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. From 13 chase starts he’s had three wins and four places and is starting to tick all the right boxes for the Grand National.
NO. 21 | JOCKEY: A COLEMAN | FORM: 12751 | WEIGHT: 10-09 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: N. MULHOLLAND
The Grand National winner in 2014 has been given an extra 8lbs to carry this time round and that weight is likely to rise as other horses get withdrawn, back-to-back wins are not impossible but it seems unlikely Pineau De Re will repeat his success of 12 months ago.
NO. 12 | JOCKEY: DARYL JACOB | FORM: 1-0P80 | WEIGHT: 11-00 | AGE: 12 | TRAINER: DR R NEWLAND
Ran in the 2013 Grand National to finish 7th so can get around the fences and go the distance. Moved from Jo Hughes to David Pipe in 2014 and has had two runs under his new trainer both of which he has won at Exeter and Newbury in February 2015 so on form and with a very decent weight, this could be his year.
NO. 49 | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | FORM: 50-P11 | WEIGHT: 10-02 | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: D. PIPE
A Winner of the Kim Muir H’Cap Chase at Cheltenham in 2014 Spring Heeled has been handed a fair weight for the Grand National and could do well if the going is good as this is where the bulk of his earnings have come from. Has had 14 chase starts returning a win or a place in 50% of them.
NO. 14 | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | FORM: 015-44 | WEIGHT: 10-12 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: J. CULLOTY
Winner of the Scottish Grand National back in 2013, and scored a 2nd place in the same race a year later. Godsmejudge is one of only a few horses entered into this year’s National to have won at four miles plus. However, he was pulled up at Doncaster in January, marginally redeeming himself at Kempton in February 2015 to finish 5th – a favourite of many.
NO. 23 | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | FORM: 23-P50 | WEIGHT: 10-08 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: ALAN KING
Finished a worthy 4th in the 2014 National, despite initially not even making the cut. Could do very well in 2015 as he will carry an ideal weight, is experienced over the fences, has previously placed and is the statistically the right age.
NO. 40 | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | FORM: 51P4-5 | WEIGHT: 10-03 | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: F. O’BRIEN
Was disappointing at Cheltenham but made up for it by winning the Bet365 Gold Cup Chase six weeks later at Sandown in April 2014. Will carry a lot of weight in the Grand National and pulled up at Sandown so work still needs to be done if he is expected to do well.
NO. 11 | JOCKEY: UNKNOWN | FORM: 101-6P | WEIGHT: 11-00 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: N. HENDERSON
Odds Updated 30/03/2015
We give each horse a rating based on how closely it matches the past trends and statistics of previous winners.
Unlikely to mount a serious challenge.
Could place with a slice of luck.
A strong eachway chance and could even win it.
For many people the Grand National 2015 will be about the long-shot, that elusive 100/1 winner that will give you a bumper pay day. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that the average odds of the winner horse over the last 20 years is 20/1.
Finding a winner in the Grand National is difficult but not impossible. Over the race’s long history, patterns and trends have emerged and these can help us find a horse which statistically has a better chance than most.
Important factors to consider when assessing the runners chances are – age, weight and form. Historically winners have fallen into a narrow band of statistics which should allow you, at the very least, to discount over half of the runners as potential winners. Here’s a few characteristics that many past winners share…
Once you’ve eliminate the horses that don’t fit into the stats you should have a shortlist of potential winners. You can then dig deeper into the horses form and narrow your list down further using factors like jumping ability and performances over similar distances. If that sounds like too much hard work, then try our tips page where we’ve narrowed down the runners for you. Remember Paddy Power is paying up to 5 places on eachway bets, along with a FREE BET offer for new customers.